Dreaming out Loud: Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes and the Changing Face of Nashville Paperback – 30 Apr 1999
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"Reading this is like going backstage." -- Chicago Tribune
"Penetrating and insightful...Bruce Feiler's DREAMING OUT LOUD details the ins and outs of Nashville."--Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"One of the best books about country music to appear in years."--Chet Flippo, Billboard
"Reading this is like going backstage."--Chicago Tribune
Penetrating and insightful...Bruce Feiler s DREAMING OUT LOUD details the ins and outs of Nashville. --Elvis Mitchell, New York Times"
Reading this is like going backstage. --Chicago Tribune"
One of the best books about country music to appear in years. --Chet Flippo, Billboard"
About the Author
Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
However, I do advise that this book does have a sensational aspect to it. Feiler covers Garth Brooks and Wynonna at times that were tumultuous and very busy for the performers. But, it does give those who know very little about the business aspect of the music business, an insiders view on the workings of such.
He uses Minnie Pearl as an example of Country gone uptown. Sarah Cannon began life as an aristicrat. She was always accepted in polite society. She is totally atypical.
And there is the oft-repeated misconception that commercial Country music was born in the South. Mr. Feiler even says the first radio barn dance was broadcast from WLS, Chicago. Since it didn't fit his premise, he ignores that fact that Chicago isn't too far south.
True, Country music is middle and poor class music. The farmers (agrarians to Mr. Feiler), factory workers, and laborers found joy in this music. The sons and daughters of these people find joy in it now. Only, like my farmer father's children, they work in white collar jobs. Their increased sophistication shows in the music.
The discussion of th! e music business is acute and insightful. The coverage is fair. But reviewing the course of the music by focusing on Nashville is like focusing on politics by focusing on Washington, D.C. The view is myopic and distorted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very easy reading. Every time I had a question in my mind, Bruce answered it fully. I was truly impressed with this book.Published on 26 Jan. 1999
I checked this book out from our local library and could not put it down. I am a Garth fan and was amazed at how he handles his work. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 1998
I don't like country music, but I was fascinated by this book. Bruce Feiler is a great writer.Published on 12 Aug. 1998
I have never been, nor am I now, a country music fan (sorry Bruce, your book didn't convince me!). I prefer the rebelliousness and political awareness of rock, the fascinatin'... Read morePublished on 18 July 1998